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Monrovia Robotics Team Heading Home From St. Louis

Monrovia High's Kings and Queens robotics team reports:

"We ended up not winning any judged awards at the FTC Championship awards ceremony but we are content with the knowledge we have gained, the experiences we have shared, and the friends we have made. Tomorrow we get to sleep in, and then we are going to take in the sights and attractions of St. Louis before we fly home on Monday. Thank you to the organizers and many volunteers who made the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship such a great experience for us."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Painting

A Monrovia painting by an un-renowned Monrovia artist. Me. If you can't figure out where this is, there's no hope for me as an artist. (The glare on this snapshot isn't helping any.)

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Keeps Its Lead in Baseball

Monrovia maintains its 3-game lead. "There's no let up with the Monrovia High School baseball team."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council: Consider New Street Fair Company | School Board: Moving to Common Core; Refinancing Bonds

~ The Monrovia City Council will hold a special session Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. to consider having Los Angeles PartyWorks handle the Friday night street fair. The city expects to get an annual fee of $18,000 which will be paid on a monthly basis.

~ Meanwhile, over at the school district, at its April 29 meeting the Monrovia School Board (agenda: ) will ...

- consider adopting "bridge" math materials for the transition to Common Core state standards.

- consider refinancing $30 million of the district's school bonds at today's lower rates.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Zen Buffet

Had dinner at Zen Buffet last night, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Huntington. Cost is $15.99, which is well worth it if you go back a lot, which I, uh, did. Very nice selection. Plus I had a beer for three dollars. Everything was really quite tasty, even better than I remember it from last time.

- Brad Haugaard

Official Count in - No Change

It's official now: Tom Adams has been elected mayor and Becky Shevlin and Gloria Grudgington are council members.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Seniors Select 'Revered' Teachers

The Monrovia High Senior class has selected four instructors as "Revered Teachers" for its graduation ceremony this year ( ).  The four are:
1) Mr. Duff
2) Mrs. Harrison
3) Mr. Dols
4) Mr. Miller

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Banged Up in Car Crash; New Girlfriend vs. Old Girlfriend; Drunk Driving

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 20-22. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 359 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
April 20 at 7:15 a.m., a traffic collision involving injuries was reported at Mountain and Royal Oaks. A vehicle traveling southbound failed to stop for a red light. The vehicle struck a westbound vehicle traveling through on green light. There were six passengers between the two vehicles. All of the passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
April 22 at 7:30 a.m., a non-injury traffic collision was reported in the 200 block of South Ivy in front of a school. A driver stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing a minor dent to the vehicle and a minor scrape to school property.

April 22 at 4:00 p.m., a battery incident was reported in the 400 block of Genoa. The victim was struck in the face by her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. The suspect struck the victim and fled the location. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 8:24 p.m., two officers were driving south on Myrtle when they observed a vehicle making a left turn onto east Central, against traffic. The vehicle hit the southeast curb of the intersection and continued east on Central. After stopping the vehicle, the officers found that the female driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for driving under the influence and taken into custody. The driver was extremely intoxicated. Fearing possible alcohol poisoning, she was cited for DUI and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz Says Thanks

Letter from outgoing Mayor Mary Ann Lutz:

My fellow Monrovians,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve these past six years as Mayor of Monrovia, and for the six years before that on the City Council. I am proud of the accomplishments of those years and am honored to have worked alongside many fine council members and outstanding staff.

I am proud, too, of the campaign we ran these past several weeks and more grateful than I can say for the many, many Monrovians who gave their time, their dollars, their energy and their love to our effort.

I wish the new Mayor and Council all the best as they now pick up the torch.

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz

- Brad Haugaard

Examples of Water Waste in Monrovia

At Monterey and Huntington.

A Monrovian writes to say that he has contacted the city several times during the past two years about water regularly running down streets but hasn't seen any change. He wrote me a letter, which I have edited, here:

- First is all the way down Huntington Drive, from the shopping center with Oto Oto, Tashio and the old Daphne's Greek restaurant. Probably thousands of gallons every day wasted. Do you ever see the puddles around the Shell Gas Station in the mornings all the way to Highway Esplanade?

- Second is Live Oak Cemetery. Water flowing down Walker Ave, Taylor, Duarte Rd, El Norte, and Myrtle, plus down our driveway and always into our machine shop.

- Third is I believe coming from around the shopping area with the Jack In The Box at Myrtle and Duarte every morning.  Water flowing past Spanner on Myrtle [three blocks away].

Still has not stopped. The cemetery been happening for over eight years, and Huntington Drive for as long as I can remember!

I send pictures, times and dates. The city says that someone will investigate, but it's still happening.

UPDATE: A relevant letter.

I am the owner of the Shell Station at Huntington and Monterey.  First off, thank you for your involvement with the city and keeping the public updated.  I follow your website daily as a business owner.  

Regarding the water waste, I just want to make sure its clear to your readers it is not coming from the Shell Station.   We have seen that water flow for many years and I believe the City did investigate.  Not sure what the conclusion was.

We take the water shortage seriously and hope the water wasting will stop.

Thank you,
Ramzi Rabadi

- Brad Haugaard

Flamzz Pizza Out of Business

Apparently Flamzz Pizza (southwest corner of Colorado and Ivy) is out of business. Too bad.

- Brad Haugaard

Citrus College President Honored

Citrus College Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D. was recently recognized by the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with its Shirley B. Gordon Award for Distinction. Citrus College serves Monrovia. Dr. Perri was the only college leader from California to receive the award, which was presented on April 17 in San Antonio. Every year, presidents and CEOs from the nation’s 1,137 community colleges are nominated to receive the award. Source: Citrus press release

- Brad Haugaard

Yard Sale at Monrovia Church to Support Financial Seminars

Yard Sale at Calvary Road Baptist Church on May 9 from 7 a.m.-noon. To support the Financial Peace University program, a Dave Ramsey class that has been meeting at the Monrovia Library every Thursday night.

- Brad Haugaard

Sausage Sold at Trader Joe's Recalled

The 8-ounce sausage packages of Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage sold at Trader Joe's - based in Monrovia - are being recalled. There may be bits of plastic in the sausage.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Over La Canada in Softball

Monrovia victorious over La Canada in softball. 7-1.

- Brad Haugaard

May Events in Monrovia

~ Thursday, May 7 - Interfaith Council of Monrovia will hold a National Day of Prayer event at United Methodist Church, 140 E. Palm, 7 p.m. For more information call Bobbi Rahmanian at 215-2704.

~ Saturday, May 9 - Fire Service Day and Monrovia Firefighters Association Annual Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 101, 141 E Lemon Ave in Old Town; Jr. Firefighter Challenge, Raffles, Displays, Bounce House, Live Demonstrations. Tickets at event; Kids Under 3 eat free. For more info call 256-8181.

~ Saturday, May 9, Fourth Annual Fountain to the Falls 7 mile Run/Walk, starting at Library fountain at 7 a.m. Registration through the City at . For more info call Community Services at 256-8246.

~ Saturday, May 9 - The Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., presents Broadway Star and Tony nominee Susan Egan in her award winning one woman show "The Belle of Broadway" for one performance only. MHS music and drama students will perform in several ensemble numbers. 7 pm; tickets available on

~ Sunday, May 10 - MOHPG Mother's Day Old Homes Tour - 10 am to 4 pm; Advance Tickes; adults $20; Seniors 65 $15, Teens $15; 12 years and under free; Day of Tour Tickets sold at the Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave; add $5 to each ticket with kids under 12 being free; advance tickets available at Old Town Friday Festival on S Myrtle 5 - 9 pm from 4/3 - 5/8; Chamber of Commerce, 620 S Myrtle Ave; Dollmakers, 412 S Myrtle; Curves, 1159 E Huntington Dr., Duarte or go to to order.

~ Wednesday, May 13 - Monrovia Chamber with the City of Monrovia present "Economic forecast for the SGV" with Cynthia J. Kurtz President and CEO of the SGV Economic Partnership; 11:15 am - 1 pm Location - Contact Chamber (626)358-1159 for more info or go to

~ Thursday, May 14 - Monrovia Providers Group "Mad Hatter Tea"; Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave; $5 or free if you wear a tie or a hat! 2 - 4 pm; more information contact Rebecca at the Monrovia Community Center (626)256-8232 ; website

~ Thursday, May 14 - The Taylor Performing Arts Center, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., presents "Superstars of Music Showcase" featuring more than 600 vocal and instrumental music Students from Monrovia Unified School District; 6:30 PM; tickets available at the door; all proceeds go to benefit MUSD's vocal and instrumental music programs.

~ Friday, May 15 - 17th Annual Don Montgomery Annual Golf Tournament; Azusa Greens Country Club, 919 W. Sierra Madre Ave, Azusa; 11:30 Registration; 1 pm Shotgun Start; 6 pm Social Hour; 7 pm Dinner Seating; 7:30 pm Awards, Raffle and Live Auction; participate all day or just Come for Dinner and Awards, etc.; reservations/registration please contact Chuck Pollard, 257 Aspen Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 (626)358-0010

~ Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 - Friends of the Monrovia Public Library Spring Book Sale; Monrovia Public Library Community Room, Friday noon-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; $5 Bag Clearance Sale will be Saturday from 4-5pm

~ Saturday, May 16 - Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will host its inaugural Walking Tour of historic Downtown Monrovia. Meet at the SW corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues at 10 am.; Cost is $5 per person (12 and under free) and reservations are required. Go to the Online Store at to reserve a space.

~ Saturday, May 16 - Monrovia Days "Myrtle Madness" featuring live entertainment, games, booths, music, Family fun festival; Library Park 8 am - 3 pm. $7 Pancakes in the morning and BBQ in the afternoon; information go to or call Keely Milliken at (626) 297-4758

~ Saturday, May 20 - Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center "Mothers & Others" Friendship Tea; shopping, special message, fashion show plus a gold/silver buy back event; United Methodist Church 140 E Palm Ave; 22 am - 2 pm; call for reservations 303-2783 or 358-2122; $10 advance, 2 for $18; $15 at the door.

~ Saturday, May 23 - Gold Line Construction Authority Operations Campus Grand Opening and Veterans Plaza Dedication Ceremonies; Veterans Plaza Dedication 8-9 am at southeast corner of Evergreen and California Avenues; Gold Line Operations Campus Dedication Ceremony 10-11 am and Open House 10 am - 1 pm.

Comment: Many thanks to Becky Shevlin, from whose most excellent calendar I swiped all this stuff.

- Brad Haugaard

Holden Bill Approved by Committee | Roush Joins STAAR | Francis Second in Race

~ The Assembly Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved Assembly Bill 425, co-authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, who represents Monrovia. AB 525 makes it more difficult for chains to terminate franchise operators by prohibiting corporations from closing a franchise business unless there has been a substantial violation of the contract, the law or local regulations. It also allows franchisees to keep the equity they invested in the event of termination. Source: Holden press release

Comment: You can see the bill here ( ). What is interesting is that Holden introduced a bill that would impose higher fines on private investigators (see original: ), but then it was apparently gutted by amendment and turned into a bill regulating franchises.

~ J. Steven Roush, CPA, has been appointed to the board of Monrovia's STAAR Surgical.

~ Monrovia's Empire Bikes reports that its own Scott Francis came in second in the Pro 1-2 at the Los Angeles Circuit Race.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Must Cut Water Usage by 28%; More Ballots to Count; New Company May Run Street Fair; Scaffolding Gone; Skateboarding Crack-Down

In his weekly report, Monrovia City Manager Oliver Chi reports that ...

- The State Water Resources Control Board has determined that Monrovia must cut its water consumption by 28% below 2013 levels. Glendora really got socked. It has to cut by 36%.

- "We have somewhere between 800 - 900 additional ballots that must be counted before the election results can be finalized." If you want to watch, the count will begin Thursday, April 23,  at 8 a.m. in the Police Department Community Room.

- No truth to the rumor that the Friday Night Family Street Fair was going to be terminated as of June 30. But there will likely be a change in the company that runs it. Chi said a city committee is unanimously recommending that LA PartyWorks run the show.

- The scaffolding has finally been removed from the sidewalk at 316 South Myrtle Avenue (across from the Library).

- Extra patrols to crack down on skateboarding in Old Town.

- Brad Haugaard

E-Waste Event at Monrovia High

E-waste event, Saturday, May 30 at Monrovia High. Bring brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, and fluorescent light bulbs, household electronic waste including: computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cell phones, etc. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Robbery at Gunpoint; Trailer, Lost and Found; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 16-19. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Residential Burglary
April 17 at 12:15 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of West Lemon. The victim left his residence, locked and secured, at approximately 8:00 a.m. When he returned at around 12:15 p.m., he noticed the front glass sliding door had been shattered. The house had been ransacked and property was stolen.

Stolen Semi-trailer Recovered
April 17 at 5:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Wildrose regarding a stolen semi-trailer. The trailer was taken sometime on April 11 or 12. When entered into the computer system, a recent inquiry by Arcadia Police Department was found. The trailer had been tagged as abandoned in their city. The registered owner was notified that the trailer was located.

Petty Theft / Delaying a Peace Officer / Warrants – Suspects Arrested
April 17 at 6:00 p.m., police responded to a business in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding a theft of merchandise by a female and a male subject. The female subject was observed concealing store merchandise in her purse. The subjects purchased other merchandise from the store, but did not pay for the merchandise inside the purse. Officers arrived and detained both subjects outside the location. The female subject was confrontational with officers and would not comply with their commands. Stolen items were located in the female's purse and a stolen box cutter was found in the male subject's back pocket. The female subject also had several warrants for her arrest. She was arrested for petty theft, delaying a peace officer and the warrants. The male subject was arrested for petty theft.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 2:03 a.m., officers saw a vehicle driving erratically in the 400 block of West Huntington and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, officers determined the driver was intoxicated, and after investigation, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

Petty Theft / Warrants – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 5:14 p.m., police responded to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a theft. A male subject left the store with stolen jewelry and had entered a car that was now leaving the location. Officers were in the area and observed the vehicle. They conducted a traffic stop and detained the female driver and the male suspect. The female had a suspended license and was cited. There was no evidence that she was involved in the theft. The vehicle was released to a family member. The male suspect admitted to stealing the jewelry. He also had several warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for petty theft and the warrants.

April 18 at 12:28 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Myrtle and Foothill on the report of a robbery that had just occurred. The two male victims were walking south in the 100 block of North Myrtle. They noticed a white vehicle parked along the west curb with a female Black subject sitting behind the wheel as the passed by it. They suddenly heard foot steps quickly approaching from behind and were confronted by two male Black suspects. One of the suspects pointed a black handgun at the victims and demanded their wallets. Both victims threw their wallets on the ground. The suspects picked up one of the wallets and fled, getting into the white vehicle. The vehicle was driven away by the female subject. The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Myrtle out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 18 at 12:29 p.m., officers were dispatched on the report of a suspicious vehicle in the 300 block of West Colorado. They responded and found two subjects sleeping inside the vehicle, one of which was a female juvenile who was in violation of the curfew ordinance. A computer check revealed the juvenile had a no-bail warrant for her arrest. She was arrested and taken into custody.